Update: All copies are gone! If you want Geospatial Desktop or Geospatial Power Tools – go to LocatePress.com – quantity discounts available. For Web Mapping Illustrated go to Amazon.
I’m giving away a couple copies of my circa 2005 classic book. Details below… When O’Reilly published Web Mapping Illustrated – Using Open Source GIS Toolkits – nothing like it existed on the market. It was a gamble but worked out well in the end.
Primarily focused on MapServer, GDAL/OGR and PostGIS, it is a how-to guide for those building web apps that included maps. That’s right, you couldn’t just use somebody else’s maps all the time – us geographers needed jobs, after all.
To help give you the context of the times, a couple months before the final print date, Google Maps, was released. I blithely added a reference to their site just in case it became popular.
The book is still selling today and though I haven’t reviewed it in a while, I do believe many of the concepts are still as valid as when it was written. In fact, it’s even easier to install and configure the apps now due to packaging and distribution options that didn’t exist back then. Note this was also a year before OSGeo.org’s collaborative efforts started to help popularise the tools further.
In celebration of 10 years of sales I have a couple autographed copies as giveaways to the first two people who don’t mind paying only for the shipping (about USD$8) and who drop me a note expressing their interest.
This book makes a great reference manual for using GDAL/OGR suite of command line …,
January 24, 2015 By Leo Hsu
“The GDAL Toolkit is chuckful of ETL commandline tools for working with 100s of spatial (and not so spatial data sources). Sadly the GDAL website only provides the basic API command switches with very few examples to get a user going with. I was really excited when this book was announced and purchased as soon as it came out. This book makes a great reference manual for using GDAL/OGR suite of command line utilities.
Several chapters are devoted to each commandline tool, explaining what its for, the switches it has, and several examples of how to use each one. You’ll learn how to work with both vector/(basic data no vector) data sources and how to convert from one vector format to another. You’ll also learn how to work with raster data and how to transform from one raster data source to another as well as various operations you can perform on these.”
It’s a 310 page collection of all the GDAL/OGR command utility documentation, written by the GDAL Developers. Included are also about 100 pages of new content that shows more examples of how to use the various commands to do specific tasks. This will help those who may not know what command to use, but who know what task they want to do – i.e. convert an image, mosaic images, query a WFS, etc.
From discussions I had over the past few years, it seemed many people needed this book or knew a colleague who could use it. I know when I worked in forestry GIS and used these tools it was exciting, but my colleagues didn’t know about them and there wasn’t much available to help fill that gap. I hope this book effort does help.
This is a PDF version so far, but expect a Kindle and paperback version around the end of the year!
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This past year I started using GeoServer more than I did before. Actian is using it to demonstrate the capabilities of the Ingres 10S database sitting behind it. So I was glad to see that there was a new book out on the topic, by Stefano Iacovella and Brian Youngblood.
It was very readable and went faster than I thought it would (maybe it would have been longer if I didn’t skip a few exercises 😉 ). The book opens with the standard GIS Fundamentals but by the end of it you can be hacking XML and hitting the REST interface.
A few highlights to consider… Those who struggle with getting started with Tomcat on Linux will appreciate the chapter on installation. Likewise there is a chapter pointing out how to better secure everything before going into production.
The book is packed full of screenshots and graphics, making it very easy to follow along. The authors also did a great job making it readable and accessible. I would recommend it for anyone who is a first time GeoServer user. Check it out here.